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Wet Versus Dry Printings On The 1911-1928 Admiral Issue

Overview This aspect of the series is a source of confusion for the beginner - especially when they only have a few stamps from the series and are trying to figure out which printings are which. However, I will show you a series of tests you can employ that will help you decide how to properly classify your stamps.  First it helps to know which stamps exist only as wet printings, and which exist only as dry printings. Studying these and applying my tests to them will help you become comfortable with the reliability of the tests and will help you when the time comes to applying the various tests. The following values of the set exist only as wet printings: The 1c green The 2c carmine The 5c dark blue The 7c yellow ochre The 10c plum The 1c and 2c perf. 8 horizontal coils All the perf 12 horizontal coils The 1c green and 2c carmine perf. 8 vertical coils The following values exist only as dry printings: The 8c blue The 10c bistre brown All the othe

The 1911-1928 Admiral Issue - An Overview

Introduction The death of King Edward VII on May 6, 1910 necessitated a new series of stamps to be issued bearing a likeness of his son, George V. The design for this new issue, came to be known as the Admiral design because it shows King George V dressed in an Admiral's navy uniform. The actual design was a composite in which the head taken from a photograph by W. & D. Downey and the chest and uniform from a photograph by W. Barnett. The design was engraved by Robert Savage and the first stamps of the series were issued on December 22, 1911. The American Bank Note Company of Ottawa was the printer as with the earlier issues. It changed its name to the Canadian Bank Note Company in 1923. Of all the modern issues before the current reign, it is this one which offers collectors a vastness of scope that cannot be rivaled. It is the first issue to feature regularly issued coil stamps and booklets which are within reach of the collector with modest means. It offers different pri

Update to Post Regarding Duckworth Paper Types on the Large Queen Issue

I have just purchased a copy of the 1/2c black on a thick fibrous wove paper, that is clearly not one of the other Duckworth types that I wrote about in my earlier post on this topic. I have therefore updated this post to include a picture and description of this paper type. Those of you interested in Large Queens may wish to re-read this post:

Collecting the Postal History of the 1908 Quebec Tercentenary Issue

Overview Because of its brief period of use and the scarcity of the basic stamps for values over the 2c, this is one of the more challenging issues to collect on cover. The above cover is an extraordinary example of the entire set used to pay the postage on a cover sent to Japan. As you can see, the condition is tatty, but this cover is of extreme rarity both because it is franked with the complete set, and also because of how exotic the destination is. There are essentially five angles that one can collect the postal history from: 1. Edward VII postal stationery uprated using stamps of the set to pay higher rates. 2. Single usages on cover of each value to various destinations. 3. Multiple frankings to pay higher rates. 4. First day covers. 5. Philatelic covers. Today's post will examine these collecting angles in a bit more detail and will illustrate examples of some of the better usages of these stamps that can be found. Uprated Edward Postal Stationery The

Pitfalls of Collecting the 1908 Quebec Tercentenaries

I had intended to do one final post today to complete my coverage of this issue. However, the day got away on me and I find myself with only 15 minutes. So I will make this post today very brief and quick and will resume on Monday with my final post about this issue. One topic I can cover very quickly are the pitfalls and the immense impact that condition has on price. Impact of Condition on Price This issue, probably more than most of the Canadian stamp issues during this time is very sensitive to price. Why this is the case is somewhat of a mystery, when all stamps from this period are very scarce in superlative grades. However, the fact remains that stamps of this issue in average condition are worth relatively little compared with those in very high condition grades. Take for example the half cent value, which catalogues $15 for a very fine mint example and $5 for fine mint. There is a 200% premium in the catalogue for NH stamps in very fine condition and a note that extremel

Re-Entries, Proof Material and Imperforates of the 1908 Quebec Tercentenary Issue

Today's post will address some of the more esoteric aspects of this issue: the re-entries, proofs and imperforate pairs that can be collected for this issue. All of this material is scarce and challenging, and will greatly enhance the experience you have in forming a specialized collection of this issue.  Re-Entries Ralph Trimble, the premier student of Canadian re-entries devotes a considerable amount of space on his website to this issue. Rather than copy what he has published, I will provide the link to his web-page and provide a brief summary of what he has found: There are not a large number of re-entries to be found on this series, though for some values like the 5c dark blue, whose plate was not properly cleaned before being put to press, there are a large number of stray dots, guidelines and plate markings that can be found. However, these are not re-entries and Ralph has devoted a considerable amount of t